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Lot # 897 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1927 New York Yankees World Champions Team-Signed Ball with Gehrig and Giard - Condition Rarity!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,444

In the field of autographed balls, there is no greater prize than a New York Yankees team-signed ball dating from the legendary 1927 season. Offered here is a spectacular high-grade example featuring twenty-five signatures. The official American League (Johnson) ball is signed in blue fountain pen by the following members of the 1927 World Champion New York Yankees: Gehrig (grading "7"), Combs, Lazzeri, Hoyt, Pennock, Shocker, Koenig, Gazella, Grabowski, Meusel, Shawkey, Collins, Wera, Thomas, Giard, Durst, Moorehart, Dugan, Moore, Pipgras, Paschal, Ruether, and Bengough. The signatures of Babe Ruth (on the sweet spot) and Miller Huggins have been deemed classic "clubhouse" versions by JSA. The signatures range from "4" to "8," averaging "6/7." The fame and lore associated with the 1927 Yankees has elevated the club to a status enjoyed by few sports teams in history. Understandably, team-signed balls from that historic year remain at the forefront of the hobby and confer a special status upon any collection in which they reside. This ball is a condition rarity and one that will appeal to even the most discriminating of collectors. The creamy toned ball remains in Near Mint condition overall, with all of the manufacturer's stampings bold and legible. Strictly in terms of condition, this is the finest 1927 New York Yankees team-signed ball we have ever offered. Also significant is that it includes the rare signatures of pitchers Joe Giard and Urban Shocker. Giard only played with the Yankees in 1927 and his major league career was brief, making his signature one of the most elusive of all 1927 Yankees team members. The signature of Shocker, whose career was longer and more distinguished than Giard's, is equally rare today because he died in 1928 at the age of thirty-seven. Its impeccable condition notwithstanding, this ball is also remarkably complete, albeit with two clubhouse signatures, in that the only roster player not included is pitcher Walter Beall, who appeared in just one game during the season. Otherwise, every single player is represented here. It should be noted that the inclusion of the two clubhouse signatures, while obviously not the ideal, does significantly enhance the ball's display value, making this one of the most attractive 1927 New York Yankees team balls anyone could ever hope to obtain. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500++. SOLD FOR $4,444

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